Comfort food is the best! It really is. It’s easy, tasty, delicious!!! And it makes me feel at home…or a bit closer at least…

This meatloaf recipe is not Italian. It is what I consider an American version of the Italian Polpettone, but I do think it is really, REALLY tasty.

This is how you make it folks!


for the meat

  • 500 g ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 slices of white bread
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 4 slices of bacon

for the sauce

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • Tabasco

Soak the bread in a bowl with water (or milk). Once it’s soft squeeze out the liquid.

In a separate bowl combine the ground beef, bread, eggs, salt, black pepper, chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese.

Using you hands mix all the ingredients together and shape the obtained mixture into a loaf.

Place your meatloaf on a baking tray covered with baking sheet.

Cover the meatloaf with slices of bacon.

Now prepare the sauce by mixing ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and some Tabasco in a bowl.

Spread 1/3 of the sauce on top of the meat loaf.

Bake for 45 min at 190 C. Then take the meat out of the oven, spread an other 1/3 of the sauce and keep baking for other 15-20 min.

Now your meatloaf is ready!

Slice it up and serve with the remaining sauce.

NOTE: make sure the meat inside is not red. You want it to be well cooked.

One serving provides:

  • Calories: 458
  • Fat: 30 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Protein: 28 g


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